5 surprises in the new 'Game of Thrones' trailer
From a towering dragon to a flaming sword, the latest and final trailer portends one long season of epic battles and chaos.
With just over three weeks to go until season 7 of "Game of Thrones" violently crashes the summer, HBO is giving fans a bloody taste of the mayhem to come with one final, epic trailer. If it all feels like way too much to grasp, prepare for the upcoming season to follow a similar theme. According to Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who plays Jaime Lannister, the plot lines from Westeros will come fast and furious.
“I feel like I’d been lulled into a different pace,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “Everything happened quicker than I’m used to … a lot of things that normally take a season now take one episode.”
In an effort to ease the breakneck speed of season 7, we've captured five surprises from the new trailer that foretell some pretty epic moments to come. The 7-episode season launches July 16.
Beric Dondarrion's flaming sword
After a teasing cameo in season 6, one of "Game of Thrones'" most badass characters is poised to make a fiery return.
As shown in the trailer, Beric Dondarrion, a warrior who has been resurrected several times by the Lord of the Light, will join the fight against the White Walkers. And he's brining his famous flaming sword as well.
While it's purely rumor at this point, it's likely that the sword wielded by Beric is the mythical Lightbringer, a blade said to be part of a prophecy foretelling the arrival of one who will save the world from darkness.
"There will come a day after a long summer when the stars bleed and the cold breath of darkness falls heavy on the world," the prophecy reads. "In this dread hour a warrior shall draw from the fire a burning sword. And that sword shall be Lightbringer, the Red Sword of Heroes, and he who clasps it shall be Azor Ahai come again, and the darkness shall flee before him."
Who is Azor Ahai? As we hypothesized last year, it all depends on what red priestess you ask. According to Melisandre, played by Dutch actress Carice van Houten, it's Jon Snow. On the other side of Westeros, however, the red priestess Kinvara, played by Israeli actress Ania Bukstein, would tell you that Daenerys Targaryen is the prophesied one.
We're pretty sure Beric isn't the one, but "Game of Thrones" has certainly thrown us curve balls before. Let's just say that we wouldn't be disappointed if the guy with the eye patch and the flaming sword ended up being the one who saves the day.
Bran and his battalion of ravens
As shown in the trailer, not only does Bran finally have a new means of transportation (RIP Hodor), but he's also using his powers to telepathically control animals in a way that's useful in battle. From what we can tell, Bran is warging into a flock of ravens flying over a battlefield.
The other thing to notice here is that Bran appears to be back in Winterfell and in the company of the old Bolton Maester, Wolkan. There's now very little doubt that season 7 will feature a big Stark family reunion.
Euron's fleet is ready for battle
Euron Greyjoy, played by Danish actor Pilou Asbæk, is poised this season to inherit the role of "deliciously evil villain" for the recently departed Ramsay Bolton.
"The psychos I’ve encountered have so many different sides to them," Asbæk told Empire. "So each scene I’ve done with Euron, I pick a new thing I wanna show. ‘This scene I want to be charming.’ ‘This scene I wanna be a molester.’ ‘This scene I wanna kill someone.’ After this season, Ramsay’s gonna look like a little kid."
As glimpsed in the trailer, Euron has apparently made good on his promise to build a fleet of more than 1,000 ships. We last see them approaching King's Landing in what can only be an attempt by Greyjoy to violently take the Iron Throne.
The dragons have a fantastic dental plan
The closing seconds of the new trailer gave us an up close (and likely extremely fatal) view of the many teeth held by Daenerys' main dragon Drogon. We're not sure if dragons floss, but whatever this guy is doing to clean his teeth is clearly working.
Could "Cleganebowl" actually happen?
With only two truncated seasons left, fans are eagerly wondering when we'll see the hinted at epic showdown between Sandor Clegane (aka, the Hound), played by Scottish actor Rory McCann, and Gregor Clegane (aka, the Mountain), played by Icelandic giant Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson.
The high-anticipated showdown is expected to take place in the Dargonpit, a site in King's Landing where House Targaryen used to keep their dragons. It's a "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" moment, but the trailer at around the 1:22 mark appears to show the Hound drawing his sword in that exact spot. With the Mountain residing close by, we wouldn't be surprised if the epic "Cleganebowl" becomes one of the standout battles of season 7. Consider us adequately hyped for a ringside seat.
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